Give your art a dynamic, improvised style

It’s like when Bob Ross used to talk about happy accidents. This article originally appeared in ImagineFX magazine issue 104. Use simple forms and shapes to express ideas. Rough is right  
A rough look is good, Sean says.Allow the speed of working in this improvised approach to add emotional impact to your image. Final thoughts
Examples of Sean’s improvised style.Using a rapid, improvised push-and-pull method of sketching can produce great results, both in terms of creating interesting forms, and also in forcing yourself to think of value in its most simple terms. The initial impact of an image is what’s most important. Vary your brushes
Sketching quickly helps create new and interesting forms in your work.Using a variety of brushes, I begin to bring that same randomised approach to adding internal forms and to rendering quick, early values to the form, giving the figure weight and solidity. 03. If the composition starts to feel cramped, then either change the size of the bounding box or increase your canvas size. The key is to let the forms present themselves. I use a pencil-like line tool (which is essentially just a flat Round brush) and I start moving the brush around, finding interesting shapes within that border. The best way to achieve this is to work fast and loose and to try several different brushes or approaches. 04. I have to be either willing to experiment with various shapes and forms to fill out the individual details, or leave things alone for a while if I’m not sure where to go with it. If you were working on paper then you’d add another sheet if you started to get too close to the edge – it’s no different when working digitally! Different dimensions
Improvising force you to think of value in its most simple terms.Don’t be afraid to change the dimensions of your work area. I like doing this because it gives me a little stage to work within, even though I don’t have to be bound to it. Don’t worry if some elements are looking too rough or haphazard right now – those things can be refined later. 02. The advantage to working in a scattered approach is that you allow the paint, lines or brushes to guide your imagination and do a lot of the heavy lifting for you, so you don’t over-think the image and lose that sense of energy and freshness.

Updated: 04.12.2014 — 20:52